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 Information Clearing House  Digest April 11-14 2005

 
 

Date: Thurs, 14 Apr 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 311 Days

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A Pornographic Celebration Of Death

By Sheila Samples

Scribes heralded the rapid ascension of John Paul to a saintly throne, while the gang of international Pharisees, led by George Bush, sat shoulder-to-shoulder in ring-side seats beside those whom they planned to kill as soon as the show was over. As I watched them preening and praying before the cameras, I was reminded of the righteous anger of Jesus in Luke 11:43-44
informationclearinghouse.info/article8541.htm

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Attacks in Iraq leave at least 26 dead:

Eight more people, including seven police officers, have died in shooting incidents around the country today.
www.breakingnews.ie/2005/04/14/story198029.html

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US soldier killed in fighting :

The soldier was killed while engaging anti-US forces in Ramadi
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E9D6D80D-B3C9-47BC-B3F8-0FC7A304D279.htm

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National Guard soldier killed by sniper:

Twenty-one-year-old John Miller of West Burlington was killed yesterday. He was a member of Company A 224th Battalion of Burlington.
www.kwqc.com/Global/story.asp?S=3206004

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American businessman held hostage in Iraq:

Jeffrey J. Ake, 47 years old, from La Porte, Indiana, appeared on Al-Jazeera television, beseeching the US government to withdraw troops from Iraq and save his life.
www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/2407.html

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CIA’s secret kidnappings :

The media took little notice of this bipartisan move to try and end the administration’s outsourcing of torture – which President Bush continually says is not happening, despite mounting evidence from human rights organizations, freed tortured detainees, and journalists worldwide.
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Court unseals Passaro papers:

Tenet, Gonzales on witness list: A former CIA contractor accused of beating an Afghan prisoner plans to call former agency Director George Tenet and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as witnesses to aid his defense that he was acting under government authority.
www.newsobserver.com/news/story/2307781p-8686608c.html

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Guantanamo Detainee Suing US to Get Video of Alleged Torture :

A detainee at a U.S. military prison alleges that U.S. military guards jumped on his head until he had a stroke that paralyzed his face, nearly drowned him in a toilet and later broke several of his fingers, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8543.htm

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Guantanamo detainees tortured:

Lawyers for six men arrested in Bosnia and detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp sued the federal government Wednesday, leveling new allegations of abuse and torture by U.S. forces.
www.pjstar.com/stories/041405/AP__B64NBNFO.050.shtml

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Pentagon’s war spending hard to track: watchdog:

The department “doesn’t have a system to be able to determine with any degree of reliability and specificity how we spent” tens of millions in war-related emergency funds set aside by Congress
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200504/s1344998.htm

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Tariq Ali on Political Activism from Pakistan to Vietnam to Iraq:

A conversation with writer and activist Tariq Ali on more than four decades at the forefront of the antiwar movement.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8534.htm

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Venezuela Issues Extradition Request for “Terrorist” in U.S.: :

Venezuela‚s Vice-President, José Vicente Rangel, said, “We going to step up our demands for extradition.‰ “I hope Mr. Bush will take note of his own anti-terrorism policies and hand over Posada Carriles,‰
informationclearinghouse.info/article8536.htm

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Ex-Panamanian president faces accusations of corruption:

Some Panamanians had expected her to abscond, and for awhile she was back in Miami, seemingly trying to duck the allegations of corruption and mismanagement of public funds that dogged her four years in the presidency.
www.thekcrachannel.com/news/4376567/detail.html

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Bolton and Negroponte Nominations :

Dramatic examples of the U.S.‚s failed Latin American policy and the Bush administration‚s disdain for international norms.
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We must not move on :

Given his record in Honduras, John Negroponte should have no difficulty spotting terrorists
informationclearinghouse.info/article8538.htm

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US: Iran is years from nuclear arms :

US officials confirmed on Wednesday that Iran’s nuclear ambitions were discussed by President George Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at their Texas summit on Monday.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8275292F-9EAC-4FE7-AEFA-60AF6EE8FB3C.htm

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Israeli Blackjack with Iran:

Sharon Tries to Pawn Off Fake Photos of Iran’s “Nuclear Installations”:
informationclearinghouse.info/article8535.htm

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Israeli soldiers kill militant, straining truce :

Palestinians said Israeli undercover troops jumped from a car and started shooting without provocation, hitting the militant in an ensuing gunbattle. Soldiers took him to an Israeli hospital, where he died of his wounds.
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Israeli officer cleared in shooting:

Witnesses said Israeli occupation forces shot him at close range, although he wore journalist insignia and waved a white flag.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1AA31E96-A845-4F4E-8F91-3483320EBB01.htm

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Britain’s double game:

The British government assisted a leading company in the UK to obtain a lucrative contract with Israel which violates UK policy and international law on the status of Occupied East Jerusalem
electronicintifada.net/v2/article3757.shtml

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Unanswered Questions: Due process and Dr Kelly:

Mistrust in the present UK government is not exclusively due to the lies, distortions and distractions surrounding the Iraq WMD claims, and the legal advice about going to war with Iraq.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8544.htm

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Robert Fisk: Lebanon delays its election despite US demands :

This is far more serious than it might appear. While the country remains leaderless, the possibility of further provocations to restart the 1975-90 civil war grows.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8540.htm

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North Korea to Boost ‘Atomic Potential’:

North Korea is to strengthen its “atomic potential” in response to Washington’s hostile policies, Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency quoted the president of its parliament as saying Thursday.
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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 04/13/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Peacekeepers knowingly gunned down civilians in Congo:

The human rights group Justice Plus listed names of several alleged civilian victims from a March 1 raid in eastern Congo and said they “paid with their life, while the mandate of the United Nations was to protect them.”
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-04-12-congo-peacekeepers_x.htm

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Rouge justice:

Strongman Hun Sen is a former Khmer Rouge. Today he poses as a statesman – the longest-serving prime minister in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/GD14Ae03.html

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Texan, 2 Others Charged in Iraq Oil Kickback Scheme:

A Texas businessman and two of his companies were charged with paying secret kickbacks to Iraq in a federal indictment unsealed on Thursday as part of an investigation into the scandal-plagued U.N. oil-for-food program.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=8183308

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In case you missed it:

Saddam’s desperate offers to stave off war :

In the few weeks before its fall, Iraq’s Ba’athist regime made a series of increasingly desperate peace offers to Washington, promising to hold elections and even to allow US troops to search for banned weapons. But the advances were all rejected by the Bush administration, according to intermediaries involved in the talks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5172.htm

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Neocon 101: Some basic questions answered:

What do neoconservatives believe? –
www.csmonitor.com/specials/neocon/neocon101.html?story

More on “neoconservatives”
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The ricin ring that never was :

Yesterday’s trial collapse has exposed the deception behind attempts to link al-Qaida to a ‘poison attack’ on London
informationclearinghouse.info/article8537.htm

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Courting Armageddon :

How the Bush Administration’s Biological Weapons Buildup Affects You
informationclearinghouse.info/article8542.htm

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Special Guard Units Prepare for Domestic Terrorism:

The National Guard is preparing for domestic terrorism, not just attacks from foreigners. Special teams from the Northwest are training this week at a facility in the Tri-cities.
publicbroadcasting.net/opb/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=760829

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Is America Preparing for Martial Law?:

The Department of Homeland Security recently carried out an extensive anti-terrorist exercise entitled TOPOFF 3 (April 4-8, 2005). The “drill” was described by officials as “a multilayered approach to improving North American security”.
globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO504B.html

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US drugs war in Colombia a dismal failure :

The war on drugs being waged by the US administration on Colombian territory with the help of the government of President Alvaro Uribe has suffered a serious reverse.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8539.htm

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The Undead :

In covering the opening of the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, no one in the press has pointed out that the exhibits offer a misleading historical picture of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — and fail to even mention the nearly 200,000 civilian casualties there.
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Study: Inmates suffer during lethal injections:

Inadequate anesthesia may cause 4 in 10 to stay conscious
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/topstory2/3133867

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America’s finest rivers awash with raw sewage:

Last year more than 860bn gallons of untreated sewage was poured into US rivers, making millions of people ill and causing widespread environmental damage. At the same time the Bush administration is planning to lower clean water standards.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=629160

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Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 310 Days

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Man’s Claims May Be a Look at Dark Side of War on Terror

By Jeffrey Fleishman

Masri said he was kidnapped in Macedonia, beaten by masked men, blindfolded, injected with drugs and flown to Afghanistan, where he was imprisoned and interrogated by U.S. intelligence agents. He said he was finally dumped in the mountains of Albania.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8524.htm

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Look For Media Labels

An Examination of the Propaganda of Nomenclature

By Ted Rall

Repetition is key to successful advertising. The American media uses repeated arbitrary labeling in its supposedly impartial coverage in a deliberate campaign to alter public perception. Americans were meant to feel less sympathy for an kidnapped Italian woman shot by U.S. soldiers manning a checkpoint in Iraq after the talking heads repeatedly referred to her as a “communist journalist.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article8525.htm

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Bomb kills 12 Iraqi guards near Kirkuk:

Twelve Iraqi guards have been killed after a bomb exploded while they were dismantling what appeared to be a decoy roadside bomb near Kirkuk.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B4F836CF-591A-45B1-8316-84FFBBF130C9.htm

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Blast near Baghdad Green Zone kills five:

A car bomb exploded near a U.S. convoy outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Wednesday, killing five Iraqis and slightly wounding four American contractors, the U.S. military said.
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Militants attack police convoy in northern Iraq :

In a separate incident, US soldiers on a checkpoint near Dowr opened fire at a civilian car, wounding Lie. Col. Hussein Ahmed and another policeman, the statement said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-04/13/content_2824382.htm

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Suicide car bomb hits US military convoy in Baghdad :

A suicide car bomb blew up Wednesday at a US military convoy near Baghdad International Airport, causing casualties among US forces and Iraqi civilians, witnesses said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-04/13/content_2824429.htm

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Video shows US captive in Iraq:

An American citizen who was taken captive in Iraq on Sunday has pleaded for his life in a video broadcast on Aljazeera.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CBACAB0D-1FAE-4BBE-9565-A34B59144DD1.htm

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Complaints Greet Rice Deputy in Fallujah :

Zoellick, the top deputy to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was confined to a caravan of armored transport vehicles – except for a meeting with civic leaders at a fortified military compound. Marines said the security situation in Fallujah remained tenuous, although daily attacks were down.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4934156,00.html

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Don’t be fooled by the spin on Iraq :

The US is failing – and hatred of the occupation greater than ever.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8527.htm

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The Battle For Al-Qaim : The U.S. Version:

“Insurgents” Attack U.S. Base In Iraq :

“Insurgents” claiming links to al Qaeda tried to overrun a U.S. Marine base near the Syrian border Monday using gunmen, suicide car bombs and a firetruck loaded with explosives, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8528.htm

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The Battle For Al-Qaim : The Iraq Version:

Resistance fighters take over Al-Qaim :

Fierce fighting erupted since 7am. More than 70 ‘Iraqi policemen’ deserted their positions. An influx of 150-200 Resistance fighters from the neighboring cities of Hit, Haditha and Fallujah join the battle, including 16 women Resistance fighters.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8529.htm

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Iraqis ‘suffer a lack of rights’ :

The United Nations special envoy to Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, has told the UN Security Council that greater attention needs to be paid to human rights there.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4435315.stm

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Cover the Insurgents, Go to Prison (or Worse) :

The international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders is calling on the U.S. government to release a CBS cameraman it shot last week while he was covering a gunfight in Mosul. When he was shot, the Iraqi freelancer was armed with only his camera.
www.antiwar.com/glantz/?articleid=5521

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Abu Ghraib convict breaks silence :

A key figure in the Abu Ghraib detainee abuse scandal has given Army investigators a lengthy sworn statement accusing others of misconduct at the Iraq prison.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8533.htm

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Scott Ritter: Semper Fraud, Senator Roberts :

“Semper Fi,” Senator. “Always Faithful.” The words roll out easily; but faithful to what? You are the epitome of faithfulness to your party ˆ less so to the Constitution
www.antiwar.com/orig/ritter.php?articleid=5537

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Post-Traumatic Stress:

“I had to pick up several of my friends piece by piece. I had to kill women, children, old men – everyone.”
www.thesouthern.com/articles/2005/04/02/local/doc424e94a503a1f286702309.txt

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Italian Journalist: U.S. Lied :

Journalist and former hostage Giuliana Sgrena says that the American military is lying about the shooting at a security checkpoint in Iraq that wounded her and killed an Italian intelligence officer.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/04/12/60II/main687555.shtml

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UK: Big rise in deserters ‘fuelled by Iraq war’ :

The number of soldiers to desert the army or go absent without leave has more than doubled over the past year, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1458283,00.html

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Lebanon PM Resigns:

Lebanon’s pro-Syrian prime minister quit on Wednesday, abandoning efforts to form a government to lead the country to general elections, but said there was still time to hold the poll on time in May.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=666578

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On the Wrong Side of History:

This media is actually serving the cause of the totalitarians who are out there to kill hundreds and thousands of people, occupy other countries, establish concentration camps abroad and pass draconian legislations at home only for protecting their personal interests and promoting their religious fantasies.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8523.htm

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Terrorist sneaks across U.S. border:

Despite the presence of vigilantes on the Arizona border, a major international terrorist has apparently recently snuck across the border and entered the U.S. Yet astonishingly, only a single American newspaper, the Miami Herald, has even covered the story. Why?
lefti.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_lefti_archive.html#111335957512549816

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Anti-Castro Cuban Exile Tied to Deadly 1976 Airline Bombing Seeks Political Asylum in U.S.:

He has been tied to bombings that have killed at least 74 people and has been imprisoned in Venezuela and Panama. We talk to Cuban expert Peter Kornbluh about Posada’s request and what it means for President Bush’s “war on terrorism.”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/04/13/1356222

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Karzai to Ask Bush for Security Deal :

President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday he is preparing a formal request to President Bush for a long-term security partnership that could include a permanent U.S. military presence.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050413/ap_on_re_as/rumsfeld

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US mercenaries spill blood over Afghan opium:

One policeman said he had seen five bodies, but it was difficult to tell from the ambulances speeding out of the town towards hospitals one hour away in Kandahar how many had been injured in the disastrous operation.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8530.htm

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The Declassified Negroponte File:

The 392 cables and memos record Negroponte’s daily, and even hourly, activities as the powerful Ambassador to Honduras during the contra war in the early 1980s.
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB151/index.htm

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Bush’s nominee for UN post ‘abused and threatened his staff’ Congress told:

Mr Ford contradicted Mr Bolton’s assertion during the first day of his confirmation hearing on Monday that he never tried to sack officials who disagreed with him.
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It’s Time To Write a Dear John:

Bolton’s appalling confirmation-hearings performance
www.slate.com/id/2116567/

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Group: 3,000 Killed in Chechnya Since 2000 :

More than 3,000 Chechen civilians have been killed in the war-wracked southern Russian region during the past five years, a Russian human rights group said Thursday.
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Russia Delays Nuclear Fuel Shipment To Iran;

“We’re talking about a delay of several months,” an official said. “I don’t think it will significantly set back the schedule of the operation of the reactor.”
www.menewsline.com/stories/2005/april/04_13_4.html

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War pimp alert::

ŒSharon tried to discuss Iran military options with Bush‚ :

Israeli defence officials asked Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to raise a military option against Iran’s nuclear programme with US President George Bush in talks in Texas on Monday, Israel’s Army Radio said.
www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=87736

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War pimp alert:

‘Iran a step away from uranium enrichment’:

Iran is only one technological step away from enriching uranium and from that point achieving nuclear capability is just around the corner, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told US President George Bush during their Monday meeting in Texas, Channel 2 reported.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=
JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1113272267256

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War pimp alert:

Sharon Provides Bush With Documents on Iran’s Nuclear Facilities:

A radio broadcast stated that the documents submitted to Bush prove that Iranian nuclear techonology is highly developed.
www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20050412&hn=18374

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Sharon Dismisses Bush on Settlements :

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon brushed off a warning from President Bush about further West Bank settlement growth, indicating Israel would continue to solidify its hold on areas it considers of strategic importance.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4933216,00.html

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 04/12/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Nothing to Show: U.S. anti-drug policy fails in Colombia :

What have Americans gotten for the $3 billion we‚ve given Colombia since 2000 to help stop cocaine at its source?
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The Poor Are Revolting :

Denis Halliday resigned as co-ordinator of humanitarian relief to Iraq in 1998, after 34 years with the UN. His was the first public expression of an unprecedented rebellion within the UN bureaucracy. “We are in the process of destroying an entire society. It is as simple and terrifying as that.”
www.democratsdiary.co.uk/2005/04/poor-are-revolting.html

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3 accused of plot against U.S. financial institutions:

The three men, already in custody in England, were charged with three conspiracy counts and providing material support to terrorists.
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-04-12-alleged-plot_x.htm

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A wake-up call for the Sane Majority:

Does it strike you as odd that persons calling themselves Christians are furious that the U.S. Supreme Court found executing juveniles unconstitutional? Do you find even odder that such individuals describe themselves, straight-faced, as adherents of the “culture of life”?
informationclearinghouse.info/article8532.htm

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Love for the Unborn and Brain Dead:

Contempt for the Rest of Us
counterpunch.com/landau04112005.html

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Secret Service visits art show at Columbia :

The agents turned up Thursday evening, just before the public opening of “Axis of Evil, the Secret History of Sin,” and took pictures of some of the art pieces — including “Patriot Act,” showing President Bush on a mock 37-cent stamp with a revolver pointed at his head.
www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-axis12.html

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Citizens of The Hague file lawsuit for arrest of Bush:

The Hague – A group of citizens from The Hague have filed a lawsuit against the state in order to allow for the arrest of president Bush as soon as he sets his feet on Dutch soil.
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Need a laugh? :

Steve Bridges as Mr. President. Video – Mindows Media
www.stevebridges.com/performance.html#

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Former AIG Chief Gave Wife More Than $2 Billion of AIG Shares: in Days Before Resigning Top Posts, SEC Filing Shows
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB6ADMCH7E.html

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Violent flu strain mistakenly sent to labs:

A dangerous strain of the flu virus that caused a worldwide pandemic in 1957 was sent to thousands of laboratories in the United States and around the world, triggering a frantic effort to destroy the samples to prevent an outbreak, health officials revealed Tuesday.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/health/11378975.htm

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U.S. accused of covering up mad cow cases:

There was testimony on Tuesday before a House of Commons committee alleging that the United States has covered up cases of mad cow disease.
www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/04/12/usbse050412.html

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Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 309 Days

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Let them eat bombs

A report to the UN human rights commission in Geneva has concluded that Iraqi children were actually better off under Saddam Hussein than they are now.

By Terry Jones

This, of course, comes as a bitter blow for all those of us who, like George Bush and Tony Blair, honestly believe that children thrive best when we drop bombs on them from a great height, destroy their cities and blow up hospitals, schools and power stations.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8519.htm

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US appears to have fought war for oil and lost it

By Ian Rutledge

According to the former head of ExxonMobil’s Gulf operations, “Iraqi exiles approached us saying, you can have our oil if we can get back in there”, the Bush administration decided to use its overwhelming military might to create a pliant – and dependable – oil protectorate in the Middle East and achieve that essential “opening” of the Gulf oilfields.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8522.htm

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20 Iraqi civilians killed in US air attack:

Seven children, six women and three old men were among the dead, witnesses said, while the injured included 13 children, seven women and elderly men.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/09413EAB-D8E4-4C03-A52C-BD7118AC9946.htm

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Suicide Car Bomber Kills 5 Iraqi Civilians:

Iraqi officials said a suicide car bomber killed five civilians Tuesday in an attack targeting a U.S. convoy in Mosul
www.thebostonchannel.com/news/4370275/detail.html

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Three killed, over 20 injured in car bomb in Iraq’s Samarra :

A suicide car bombing occurred on Monday evening in Iraq’s Samarra, north of Baghdad, killing three Iraqis and wounding more than 20 others, said reports reaching here from the restive city.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-04/12/content_2816461.htm

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Militants kill one, wound three in Baghdad as Rumsfeld visits;:

Militants ambushed a convoy carrying Iraq’s deputy interior minister Tuesday, killing a bodyguard and wounding the deputy’s son and two other people, an official in the ministry said.
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Regime Change Was an Immoral Excuse for War:

President Bush‚s true reason for invading Iraq ˜ regime change ˜ was a poor and immoral excuse for initiating a conflict that has killed and maimed tens of thousands of innocent people ˜ many more innocent people, in fact, than died on 9/11.
www.fff.org/comment/com0504c.asp

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US opposes amnesty for Iraqis who kill US soldiers
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War Crimes:

A Report on United States War Crimes Against Iraq to the Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal
deoxy.org/wc/wc-preface.htm

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Iraq’s government faces old nemeses, deadly demands :

If it’s to survive at all, the government must swiftly demonstrate its independence from Washington.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page.html

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Polish Defense Minister: Poland wants to withdraw its 1,700 troops from Iraq early next year, the defense minister said Tuesday.
abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/apress_041205_polandiraq.html

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U.S. Has No Exit Strategy for Iraq, Rumsfeld Says
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US audit probes possible Halliburton $212m overcharge:

Halliburton, the Houston-based oil services company, may have overcharged the US government by $212m (£113m, •165m) for work in Iraq, according to portions of Pentagon audits released on Monday.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8513.htm

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Report criticizes Halliburton’s work :

Serious cost overruns and a “poor performance” have plagued Halliburton’s continuing $1.2 billion contract to repair Iraq’s vital southern oil fields, a new U.S. State Department report says.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/04/12/news/halliburton.html

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Torture Air, Incorporated:

It appears that Dick Cheney himself gave the greenlight for the kidnapping and torture scenario.
www.counterpunch.com/stclair04092005.html

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Transcripts of tribunals detail stories of Guantanamo detainees:

In one case, according to court documents, a judge blurted out: ‘’I don’t care about international law.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article8515.htm

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Ex-Intel Chief Blasts Bolton at Hearing:

A former chief of the State Department’s bureau of intelligence and research castigated John R. Bolton on Tuesday as a “kiss-up, kick-down sort of guy” who abused analysts who disagreed with his views of Cuba’s weapons capabilities.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=662969

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Bush calls for halt to new settlements as Sharon warns of ‘civil war’ in Israel
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=628584

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Sharon rejects US settlements warning:

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has rejected a warning from US President George Bush not to expand West Bank settlements, saying Israel will continue its hold on areas it considers of strategic importance.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BA0395BF-070A-4F69-9FF8-92CD5F6C1ADF.htm

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Bush Should Lay Down the Law on Settlements:

Sharon Must Be Told That U.S. Cannot Support Violations of International Humanitarian Law
hrw.org/english/docs/2005/04/11/isrlpa10462.htm

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A Palestinian prison-state?:

Sharon will spring his Generous Offer: Gaza plus 60-75 percent of the West Bank and a symbolic presence in East Jerusalem. Sounds OK, But it will lock the Palestinians into the cantonized entity toward which Sharon has been tirelessly and openly working this past quarter century. It will be a new apartheid.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8514.htm

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Jewish settlers in Hebron wreak havoc on Palestinian neighbors:

Settlers demolished part of the house with sledgehammers, working under the noses of soldiers posted on top of the structure. Israeli police officers who arrived at the scene were pelted with stones and eggs, and five people were arrested but later released, a police spokesman said.
www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/world/11373733.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 04/11/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Tehran to take legal action against U.S. for funding Iran opposition:

“Our country and the regime are stable enough not to be disturbed by such measures. However, such acts are against international norms and law. The foreign ministry will take necessary legal action” against Washington, he said.
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=4/12/2005&Cat=2&Num=003

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UK Terror Trial Finds No Terror:

Not guilty of conspiracy to poison London with ricin
www.globalsecurity.org/org/nsn/nsn-050411.htm

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The Armageddon Man:

A comprehensive look at John Bolton’s career reveals a man who champions extremism in the service of expediency.
alternet.org/story/21730/

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Negroponte Used CIA Back Channels to Defy Congress :

Papers illustrate Negroponte’s Contra role – show intelligence nominee was active in US effort.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8520.htm

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Philippine military calls situation in Mindanao alarming :

The Philippine military said on Monday that “terrorist” activities in Mindanao have reached the alarming level, and that “lack of resources” is preventing the military from dealing with the terrorists decisively.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-04/11/content_2814695.htm

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House of Saud re-embraces totalitarianism:

Residents of the tiny provincial capital of Saudi Arabia’s northernmost province last week witnessed a grisly scene in the main public square: the corpses of three militants tied to poles, on top of which were placed their severed heads.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GD12Ak01.html

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Bank says Saudi’s top field in decline:

Speculation over the actual size of Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves is reaching fever pitch as a major bank says the kingdom’s – and the world’s – biggest field, Gharwar, is in irreversible decline.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/08B97BCF-7BE6-4F1D-A846-7ACB9B0F8894.htm

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Watchdog backs Egypt torture claims:

The Egyptian Supreme Council for Human Rights (ESCHR), a state-backed organisation set up last year, gave credence in its first annual report to widespread allegations of torture by Egyptian police and security forces.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200504/s1342224.htm

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CSIS grilled Canadian teen in Cuba, shared info with U.S. :

Canada’s spy agency admits it shared information it obtained from a Canadian teen being held as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay with American intelligence services, documents show.
www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=ontario_home&articleID=1892624

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“Breathtaking” poll sees defeat for Canada Liberals:

Canada’s minority Liberal government is heading for defeat at the hands of the Conservatives after more than 11 years in power, a dramatic new poll is predicting.
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‘Bomb-plot’ Cuban crosses into US :

A Cuban exile, accused by President Fidel Castro Havana of plotting to kill him, is preparing to apply for asylum in the United States, his lawyer says.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4436079.stm

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Fugitive Cuban exile to seek asylum in U.S., says he worked with CIA:·

A Cuban exile accused of plotting to assassinate Fidel Castro and wanted by Venezuela on charges of blowing up a Cuban airliner in 1976 is in the United States, his attorney said Monday.
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Moscoso obtained $4 million for pardoning Posada and his accomplices:

Posada Carriles used false documents provided by the US embassy in Panama to leave that country.
www.granma.cu/ingles/2005/abril/vier8/16posada-i.html

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Mary Shaw: Mind Control and the American Media:

The U.S. mainstream media are frequently accused by the right of being too liberal. But consider the following.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8517.htm

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Greg Palast: Give it back, George:

‘Did Wyly coyotes’ ill-gotten loot buy White House?’
informationclearinghouse.info/article8516.htm

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DeLay Fundraising Plied Special Interests :

Tom DeLay routinely solicited donations by identifying legislative actions that prospective givers wanted, from video gambling to lawsuit limits, memos show.
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Higher Prices, Stagnant Wages Produce Pay Cut for US Workers:

Inflation has outpaced the rise in salaries for the first time in 14 years. And workers are paying a bigger share of the cost of their healthcare.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8518.htm

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Trade Deficit Hits All-Time High in February:

The U.S. trade deficit, exacerbated by surging imports of oil and textiles, soared to an all-time high of $61.04 billion in February.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBIDBM3G7E.html

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In theocracy they trust:

Christian right leaders denounced separation of church and state and prayed for a judge’s deliverance to Satan. And their Capitol Hill allies were right there with them.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8521.htm

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Religion now more a part of politics :

Talk of faith, values is nearly omnipresent : Forty-five years ago, John F. Kennedy was elected president only after reassuring skeptical voters that his Catholicism did not mean the pope would be dictating American foreign and domestic policy from Rome.
www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf
?%2Fbase%2Fnews%2F111313620039460.xml

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James Kennedy’s Christian Crusade:

TV Evangelist’s ministerial and media empire claim US a ‘Christian nation’, don’t believe in the separation of church and state, and aims to extend political reach
www.mediatransparency.com/recipients/coralridge.htm

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Senators May Have Blown Cover of CIA Agent

Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., both mentioned a name, Fulton Armstrong, that had not previously come up in public accounts of the intelligence flap.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4930339,00.html

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Russia shocks BP with demand for $1bn in back tax from oil venture:

The claim, which refers to 2001, is likely to cast a pall over Russia’s precarious investment climate and came out of the blue.
news.independent.co.uk/business/news/story.jsp?story=628628

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 308 Days

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Oil, Geopolitics, and the Coming War with Iran

By Michael T. Klare

As the United States gears up for an attack on Iran, one thing is certain: the Bush administration will never mention oil as a reason for going to war. As in the case of Iraq, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) will be cited as the principal justification for an American assault.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8509.htm

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Why We Fight

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy?

A Must Watch Documentary

What are the forces that shape and propel American militarism? This award-winning film provides an inside look at the anatomy of the American war machine. Has the military become too important in American life?

Click here to watch it now! Real Video.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8494.htm

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Three suicide car bomber outside a US military base :

In other unrest, a Turkish truck driver was killed in a roadside bombing near the northern refinery town of Baiji. An Iraqi Kurdish engineer working with the US military was kidnapped in Balad north of Baghdad. The bullet-riddled bodies of three Iraqis were found in nearby al-Dujail
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=40246

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Mosul, a member of the provincial council shot dead:

Ajil Muhsin Ajil was in his car near the Mosul General Hospital on Sunday when a group of armed men leaped out of another car parked nearby and shot him. His driver was also killed.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/846DA47F-2969-4423-8944-1BCAFC9F34AC.htm

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Car bombs hit US military targets:

Aljazeera reports that five car bombs have hit US military targets in the western Iraqi city of al-Qaim near the border with Syria, wounding at least two US soldiers.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/846DA47F-2969-4423-8944-1BCAFC9F34AC.htm

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U.S. Civilian Kidnapped in Iraq, Embassy Reports:

An American civilian working for a contractor on a foreign aid project in Iraq has been kidnapped, officials at the U.S. Embassy here reported Monday.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43621-2005Apr11.html

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US and Iraq lock up record number of suspects:

US and Iraqi forces are holding a record 17,000 men and women – most without being formally charged – and those in Iraqi-controlled jails live often in deplorable conditions, officials said.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8505.htm

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US accused of seizing Iraqi women to force fugitive relatives to give up :

US soldiers seized a mother and daughter from their home in Baghdad two weeks ago and allegedly left a note on the gate: “Be a man Muhammad Mukhlif and give yourself up and then we will release your sisters. Otherwise they will spend a long time in detention.”
informationclearinghouse.info/article8507.htm

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Talabani endorses foreign troop presence :

Iraq’s new president Jalal Talabani has restated his support for a continued US and Australian military presence in Iraq, one day after large demonstrations demanding US troops leave the country.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-04/11/content_2814609.htm

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Saddam may yet be the ultimate survivor:

An idea being floated in Baghdad is that if Saddam’s punishment was jail for life, rather than the execution he is widely assumed to face, the Sunni minority who enjoyed power and prosperity while he controlled Iraq might save face and break with the insurgents.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8504.htm

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Imperial Reach:

Of the dozen or so locations mentioned in Pentagon or media accounts of new basing locations, a majority—including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Gabon, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qatar, Romania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tunisia—either possess oil themselves or abut major pipelines and supply routes
informationclearinghouse.info/article8506.htm

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US mulls seven bases in Afghanistan :

The US army plans to establish seven military bases in Afghanistan, US army Corps of Engineers Col. John B.O’dowd told reporters in Kabul on Monday.
www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=190030&n=31

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Dr. Gal Luft: Bin Laden‚s Out to Destroy U.S. Economy :

Dr. Gal Luft, Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security says Osama Bin Laden‚s main goal is the destruction of the U.S. economy – and that, so far, he appears to be succeeding.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=79998

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In case you missed it:

Al Qaeda’s economic war against the United States:

Osama bin Laden plans strategies based on his victory over the Soviets in Afghanistan during the 1980s. We “bled Russia for ten years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat,” bin Laden boasted in his October 2004 videotape.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7818.htm

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In case you missed it:

Transcript of bin Ladin’s speech:

So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7201.htm

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A must watch interview with Gore Vidal:

“I would say that, in the long run, the world will be saved American despotism by the coming bankruptcy of the country. Now, that will have awful fallout for everybody. I don’t even want to look into that crystal ball.” –

Real Video and Windows Media.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8512.htm

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War‚s Toll on U.S. Military Gear May Be $8B a Year

The war in Iraq is burning through U.S. military equipment at five to 10 times the peacetime training rate, and the services will have to spend $13 billion to $18 billion to replace it, congressional budget experts say.
www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=772587&C=america

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IMF says that surging demand and falling supply could spark ‘permanent oil shock’:

The worldfaces “a permanent oil shock” and will have toadjust to sustained high prices in the next two decades, the International Monetary Fund said yesterday in the starkest official warning yet about the long-term outlook for energy supplies.
news.ft.com/cms/s/afe1b4f8-a7ca-11d9-9744-00000e2511c8.html

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The Price of Oil and the Bush Dollar:

Don’t Blame the Oil Sheikh’s
counterpunch.com/lindorff04092005.html

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US air strikes kill 12 suspected Taliban in Afghanistan:

Twelve suspected Taliban militants died Monday in air strikes by US helicopter gunships and tankbuster jets in southeastern Afghanistan, officials said.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=40260

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Warlords get away with murder in Afghanistan:

LAWLESSNESS: An assault on workers with Doctors Without Borders last year highlights that the central government is unable to control much of the country
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2005/04/11/2003250029

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US warns Philippines south could become “new Afghanistan‰:

The United States has expressed concern about militant training activity on Mindanao in the southern Philippines, warning that the rebellion-torn southern region could become the “next Afghanistan‰.
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Compensation for Fallujah residents slow – locals:

Government studies suggest that 70 percent of buildings were destroyed in the city during the last conflict between US troops and insurgents. Only 90 families had received compensation of around US $1,500 each so far.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/c120fe064e7e7ac1bec77a9054bc14e7.htm

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Photographs From Iraq: March 28 – April 10, 2005 :

Endless killing, strange propaganda, more oil sabotage, and links to new videos. –

Warning – Graphic Images
www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20050410213702171

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Dear George and Dick:

Neither of you have any idea of the true human, sorrowful cost of war nor do you care that you are ruining lives by the thousands and thousands. You both disgust me beyond belief.
www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/sheehan4.html

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Are Bush & Co. War Criminals? :

Some lawyers claim the U.S. is guilty of crimes against humanity. There is certainly enough latitude under Canada‚s Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act to prosecute senior Bush administration officials if they visit Canada after leaving office.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8508.htm

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Why was there really a war?:

Operation Iraqi Liberation, which can be spelled OIL, has been said by many to be mainly about oil. That is one popular reason, but this is not the main reason
news.modernwriters.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1494

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Syria completes troop pullout:

At the weekend, the final large detachments of Syrian heavy armoured divisions were pulling back across the border from their positions in the eastern Bekaa Valley, so bringing to a close almost 30 years of Syrian military presence.
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Sharon: Atmosphere in Israel looks like eve of civil war :

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in an interview broadcast by NBC News on Monday, spoke of the growing threat of violence by extreme-right Jewish activists in Israel ahead of the disengagement plan.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/563286.html

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Shin Beth chief warns of new intifada:

The outgoing chief of Israel’s main domestic security Shin Beth agency has warned that a third intifada or uprising is in the offing and that violence on a large scale could break out in months.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A9F0483E-824D-4EF5-94F2-D20460B31560.htm

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Israeli occupation forces raid Nablus:

The troops have begun to demolish a house, a Palestinian official told Aljazeera. The troops also told reporters to leave the area.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BDE8C2FC-423D-4B1C-9CBB-39D5D4CC4B8F.htm

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Jesus and Where Is the Apology for Rachel Corrie –

Poem: A prayer for Easter
informationclearinghouse.info/article8511.htm

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Israel Termed A ‘Nuclear Power’ By US Officials:

Their publicly terming Israel a nuclear power on a par with India and Pakistan might be a sign that the US perceives of nuclear issues as too serious to condone the double standards it employs freely on other issues.
globalpolitician.com/articledes.asp?ID=581&cid=2&sid=1

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UK: Could the election be won by fraud? :

The postal voting system makes Britain look like a banana republic, says a judge. Yet Labour favours it and has ignored warnings of fraud.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1562417,00.html

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UK: Labour activists had ‘vote-rigging factory’ to hijack postal votes:

Beneath the veneer of an apparently democratic local election campaign the battle to control areas of Birmingham involved allegations of death threats, intimidation and bribery.
news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/04/05/nvote105.xml

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US will block Brown campaign to beat poverty with gold sale :

Gordon Brown’s year-long anti-poverty crusade is in jeopardy this week, as the US prepares to block his plans for a sale of International Monetary Fund gold reserves to raise cash for debt relief.
observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,1455844,00.html

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Over 100 Maoists killed in Nepal:

Nepalese authorities said on Monday that more than 100 Maoist rebels were killed in a prolonged clash last week with government forces in western Nepal‚s remote Rukum district.
www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?id=11083

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Venezuela: Revolution in Progress:

Today is the third anniversary of the failed coup attempt to overthrow democratically elected Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. We speak with filmmaker Matt O’Neil about his new documentary, “Venezuela: Revolution in Progress.”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/04/11/143230

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Venezuela: President Chavez Frias calls for creation of military strategy :

The President says it is time to start studying ideas, concepts and doctrines of asymmetrical conflict.
www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=29960

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ŒVenezuela represents hope‚:

This week of solidarity will mark the third anniversary of the defeat of a US-backed coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose government is leading a process is implementing wide-ranging changes to eradicate poverty and build up institutions of popular power. In Australia, solidarity events are being organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Network.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8510.htm

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Brazil: Army Worries Foreign Powers May Eye Amazon :

A spokesman for the US Southern Command, which covers Latin America, said Brazil had every right to plan to defend territory but the United States posed no threat.
www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/30313/story.htm

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Inquiries of Top Lobbyist Shine Unwelcome Light in Congress:

Jack Abramoff, one of Washington’s most powerful and best-paid lobbyists, needed $100,000 in a hurry.
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The business of influence in Washington:

Drug companies fund group battling AARP
snipurl.com/dyap

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Murderous Thugs

In 1975 my son had not yet been born. Today he is in his grave. Dick Cheney, on the other hand, is now Vice President of the United States, and he is materially wealthy beyond what any of us would ever pray to be.

By Cindy Sheehan: Gold Star Families For Peace

Our country has been overtaken by murderous thugs…gangsters who lust after fortunes and power; never caring that their addictions are at the expense of our loved ones, and the blood of innocent people near and far.
informationclearinghouse.info/article8502.htm

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